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Title: Criminal Code Revision Act of 1980 - Report of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary - HR 6915, September 25, 1980
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Cmtte on the Judiciary
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 776
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Publication Number: 96-1396
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: H. R. 6915 consists of three titles. Title I repeals title 18 of the U.S. Code, replacing it with a comprehensive and uniform criminal code. Title II reenacts certain provisions of title 18 and makes changes in criminal provisions outside title 18. Title II contains the effective date for the legislation.
Abstract: The proposed new criminal code established by title 1 is divided into five subtitles. Subtitle 1, Provisions of General Applicability, defines terms used, sets forth bars and defenses applicable to criminal offenses, defines culpable states of mind used in the description of the crimes, and the principles of accomplice liability. Subtitle 2 defines criminal offenses and classifies them for purposes of punishment. If the punishment for the offense depends on several factors, the second subsection contains the classification of the offenses. Special definitions, defenses, and bars are set forth in separate subsections. The final subsection describes those situations in which the Federal government can prosecute the offense. Subtitle 3 deals with sentencing; it establishes the punishment a Federal judge is authorized to impose and defines the maximum prison term and maximum fine for each offense class. It also describes the factors for consideration and the procedure for imposition of sentence. Subtitle 4 contains matters relating to administration and procedure, such as the Interstate Agreement on Detainers and the method by which a court order authorizing a wiretap may be obtained. Subtitle 5 establishes forfeiture of property, civil actions to restrain racketeering activities, and the imposition of civil disabilities upon convicted defendants. In title 2's reenactment of certain title 18 offenses which prohibit a specific and narrowly defined conduct, gender references have been removed and some obsolete penalty and other provisions were modified. Subtitle 2 of title 2 consist primarily of technical and conforming amendments. However, it also amends certain provisions of titles 28 and 42 of the U.S. Code in order to facilitate the prevention of 'child-snatching' (parental kidnapping). Supplemental materials (budget authority, cost estimates, etc.) and dissenting views are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Congressional information; Criminal codes; Federal Code
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